“I don’t think he intended to shoot,” Knott said of Sharpf. “The gun discharged; it may have been an accident.”
Hankins, who apparently went to Sharpf’s house in Dinwiddie County for a visit, didn’t announce who he was while outside Sharpf’s home, Knott said. The men, both 37, had been best friends for years, Knott said.
Although the incident remains under investigation, Knott said there are no signs of a quarrel.
A member of Sharpf’s family called the sheriff’s office, and deputies found Hankins dead.
Sharpf was charged with voluntary manslaughter and released on an unsecured bond. He was arraigned Thursday and a preliminary hearing was set for July 26.